One of the burdens we often cart around with us for years, is an inability to forgive someone for a hurt they have done us in the past.

The situation is generally quite clear and there is usually no argument about the seriousness of what happened, or that we were severely wronged.

It seems, because we are human, the difficulty we have is to easily forgive and forget at will, and of course we can’t demand others forgiveness.  In reality, all we can do is to humbly come before our God and ask to be given the ability to forgive those who have wronged us.

Before Jesus died, He forgave His persecutors. While it might be extremely difficult in some situations, we must try and learn to do the same.  In our prayers we need to ask the Holy Spirit for the gift to enable us to genuinely forgive our individual enemies.

Forgiving others allows us to enjoy the elation and freedom of the mind and soul that comes as the chains that have bound us in the past fall away. 

When we are able to rid ourselves of this burden, it becomes evident that a great weight has been taken from our heart. A peace fills that void and it allows us to feel a sense of freedom we have not known for a long time.

I’m Peter Mack and that’s faith.

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